Dr Valsraj

Dr Valsraj is a Consultant Psychiatrist based in London; he has held various senior medical leadership roles both in United Kingdom and India. He has varied experience in systems leadership, interdisciplinary working and has established international collaborations to promote best practice, faculty exchange, sharing knowledge across disciplines and international borders.

Dr Valsraj is passionate about raising awareness of health and wellbeing and improving the public understanding of health promotion and prevention strategies. He is particularly interested in having open thought provoking dialogues about some of the accepted and engrained practices in healthcare for paradigm shift in thinking about health and the concepts of healthcare.

Dr Valsraj has a keen interest to raise the profile of Mental Health, he does this by engaging the creative young minds of medical students, postgraduate trainees, psychologists, nurses, allied health professionals, school and college students to raise awareness of mental health.

Dr Valsraj has varied interests and these include quality, standards, safety, patient and carer experience, geopolitical determinants of health and leadership in healthcare. He is also an empanelled Certified External Assessor for the National Quality Assurance
Standards (NQAS) for National Health Systems Resource Centre (NHSRC); Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), Govt. of India.

He is pleased to be joining the team of trustees at Careif and looking forward to contributing positively to the vision of Careif.

Professor Dinesh Bhugra CBE

Professor Bhugra became a Trustee of Careif in 2006. He is Professor of Mental Health and Cultural Diversity at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London. He is also an Honorary Consultant at the Maudsley Hospital, where he runs the sexual and couple therapy clinic.

His research interests are in cultural psychiatry, sexual dysfunction and service development. He has authored/co-authored over 350 scientific papers, chapters and 30 books. His recent volumes include Principles of Social Psychiatry, Mental Health of Refugees and Asylum Seekers (Highly Commended in the 2011 BMA Awards), Migration and Mental Health, Textbook of Cultural Psychiatry (Commended in the BMA Book Awards in 2008 and recipient of the 2012 Creative Scholarship Award from the Society for the Study of Psychiatry and Culture), Culture and Mental Health and Management for Psychiatrists.

He published Mad Tales from Bollywood: Portrayal of Madness in Conventional Hindi Cinema in 2006. Professor Bhugra is the Editor of the International Journal of Social Psychiatry, International Review of Psychiatry and International Journal of Culture and Mental Health. He has also developed teaching modules and short courses for medical students and psychiatric trainees on Cultural Psychiatry and on Cinema and Psychiatry. Professor Bhugra, from 2008 to 2011 he was President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. In July 2011 he became Chair of the Mental Health Foundation. In 2011 Professor Bhugra was elected President-Elect of the World Psychiatric Association and becomes President in September 2014. He is the first British person (Psychiatrist) to be President of the World Psychiatric Association. In early 2012 he was awarded a CBE by Her Majesty the Queen.

Professor Rachel Tribe – Careif Trustee

Professor Tribe is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society. In 2014 she received the British Psychological Society Award for Challenging Social Inequalities in Psychology. Her applied work includes numerous national and international consultancy projects and training for a range of organizations including the Department of Health, Department for Education, the Home Office, British Foreign and Commonwealth Office, British Psychological Society and the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

Professor Tribe, said of her trustee role: “I have been lucky enough to work with the trustees and volunteers at Careif for several years and I am delighted and honoured to be joining the trustees of such an important charity. Careif is undertaking ground breaking work within mental health.”

Mr Rick O’Shea

Patrick O’Shea has been involved with Careif as an Honorary Patron for 10 years. Patrick is also a Director of a Construction Company that has been established for 38 years.

Rick, said of his trustee role: “Careif is undertaking ground breaking work within mental health and I’m pleased to have been able to support the Charity as best I can over the years.”

Dr Jed Boardman

Dr Jed Boardman is visiting Senior Lecturer in Social Psychiatry at the Institute of Psychiatry and Senior Policy Adviser at the Centre for Mental Health and. Throughout his career, he has worked mainly in social and community psychiatry and was Consultant Psychiatrist at South London and Maudsley Trust until 2016. Since March 2018 he has worked as a Medically Qualified Tribunal Member. First-tier Tribunal. Social Security and Child Support Appeal Tribunals (PIP and ESA), based in London.

He was Chair of the General and Community Faculty of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and is now lead for Social Inclusion at the Royal College of Psychiatrists where he advises on employment, poverty, welfare reform, personalisation and recovery. He chaired the Royal College of Psychiatrists Social Inclusion Scoping Group and in 2010 published a book on Social Inclusion and Mental Health. He recently co-chaired the RCPsych Person-Centred Training and Curriculum (PCTC) Scoping Group and was an author of their 2018 report on person-centred care and training.

He has published widely on Social and Community Psychiatry. He led the Recovery projects at the Centre for Mental Health and, with other colleagues, set up the ImROC (Implementing Recovery through Organisational Change) project. His research interests include the Epidemiology of Mental Disorders, Psychological Disorders in General Practice, Evaluation of Psychiatric Services, Recovery and Employment. His main international work has been in Uganda, where he has worked with local colleagues to promote knowledge, research and service improvements.